White House Coronavirus Task Force
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts in preparedness and readiness have facilitated a speedy, whole-of-government response in confronting COVID-19, keeping Americans safe, and helping detect and slow the spread of the virus.
As part of the Department-wide, layered response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and others are actively working to protect the nation.
CBP, and CWMD which houses the Department's Chief Medical Officer, are providing direct support to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) efforts by conducting enhanced health screenings at 13 major airports. At and between all air, land, and sea Ports of Entry (POE), CBP Officers (CBPO) and Border Patrol Agents (BPA) continue to identify and refer individuals with symptoms of COVID-19, or a travel history to China, Iran, or certain European countries in the past 14 days to CDC or local public health officials for enhanced health screening.
The routing of all flights with passengers who have recently been in China, Iran, and certain European countries through select airports with established resources, procedures and personnel is an important, prudent step DHS is taking actively to decrease the strain on public health officials screening incoming travelers and protecting the American public.
Message from Chad F. Wolf, Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
DHS CWMD’s early involvement in the COVID-19 screening process helped ease the burden on CDC medical professionals who would be tasked with medical screening.
As the president’s September 2018 National Biodefense Strategy states, “Health security means taking care of the American people in the face of biological threats to our homeland and to our interests abroad.”
While the overall risk to ordinary Americans remains low, there are communities where the virus is spreading. Additionally, for those over 50-years old and with existing medical conditions, it is advisable to limit travel and take protective measures.
DHS is augmenting the HHS Secretary's Operations Center and screening air travelers for further examination by CDC.
DHS is enforcing the presidential proclamations at and between air, land, and sea ports of entry, alerting the Department’s CDC partners to any individuals who require enhanced health screening.
As the nation's risk advisor, CISA brings our partners in industry and the full power of the federal government together to improve American cyber and infrastructure security.
FEMA is providing support to HHS as it leads the response to COVID-19, including crisis action planning, situational awareness, and operational coordination.
Every precaution is being taken to keep the DHS workforce safe, especially for USCG, TSA, and CBP officers on the front lines.
Presidential Proclamations, Press Releases, and Notices related to DHS actions in protecting the American public from the coronavirus.